Visa Service for Students

Our Visa Service is available to all international students of HU Berlin. Through the Visa Service, you can both apply for and extend your residence permit and receive multilingual support and advice. This way, you can save yourself the trip to the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office (Berliner Ausländerbehörde).

Doctoral students should contact the International Scholar Services (ISS).

Opening hours winter semester 2019/20
Tuesday 14:30-16:30
Thursday 13:00-15:00
Telephone service hour:
Thursday 15:00-16:00

Passports submitted by 28.11.2019 as part of the application for/extension of residence permit will be finished before Christmas. The Visa Service's last office hour of 2019 will be Thursday, 19.12.2019.

enlightened Please take a queue number in Orbis (room 1068) and wait there until your number is called. The queue numbers will be issued starting with the opening of the Info Desk (Tuesday from 10:00 and Thursday from 12:00). According to our opening hours, we can only issue a limited number of tickets. Please help us by preparing your documents and filling out the application forms as well as possible - the Info Desk is happy to support you with this!

Application/extension of residence permits

1.   Application for a residence permit

1.1 Extension of a residence permit

1.2 Residence permit to seek employment

2.   Application for an electronic residence permit (eAT) with or without eID function

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We recently posted up-to-date information here about the introduction of the electronic residence permit at the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office. The information regarding this matter has changed again and the current procedure is now as follows:

The Higher Education Service of the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office, to which we submit your applications, will continue services as usual, i.e. with residence permits issued as adhesive labels and affixed inside passports. From 1 May 2020 onward, however, the procedure will be changed again. After that point, ONLY electronic residence permits will be issued.  

The processing time of applications through the Higher Education Service of the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office will currently take about 6-8 weeks (due to the beginning of the winter semester 2019/20). Please take this into account in your planning.

You are also welcome to go to the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office yourself. As was communicated to us, they are already increasingly issuing electronic residence permits.

In any case, we will gladly advise you in the Visa Service.


enlightened Book an appointment for the mobile registration office in Orbis (Registration, Anmeldung einer Wohnung) for Thurs., 19.09., 26.09., 10.10. and 24.10.2019 from 9:30-15:30 or NEW 31.10.2019 from 9:30-13:30! Registration via E-Mail: or in person starting 23.09. in Orbis (room 1068, HU main building). ► Information Sheet

We advise all of you to use the Visa Service if possible. The processing time is approx. 3-4 weeks. At the beginning of the semester, however, the processing time can take somewhat longer.

If, however, you are in a hurry or wish to go personally to the Berlin Foreigners' Registration Office, please note that the new service building for students is located at Keplerstraße 2, 10589 Berlin (Charlottenburg).
► Current waiting situation
► Location
Otherwise, book an appointment online for the student residence permit application. Make sure to do this in good time! ► Termin (eAppointment).

We are happy to advise you, give tips and check whether your documents are complete.

More details can be found in the "Guide for International Students" in ► 5.1.3 student residence permit.  

Further information from the Foreigners' Registration Office on residence permits is available under the keywords "Studium und Wissenschaft in Berlin".


Our Visa Service Team:

Photo: Isabella Oppen



Visa Service

Unter den Linden 6
Room 1071
(+49 30)
20 93-46 746
Only during opening hours